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  1. An Interactive Guide to Flexbox in CSS

    I thought I broadly understood flexbox but this brilliant guide masked me realise how little I properly understood. (via Adactio)

  2. — A place for focused writing.

    Not sure I’d seen this before. Seems like a good, simple, blogging site with email subscriptions, micropayments, ActivityPub, etc.

  3. Defective Altruism ❧ Current Affairs

    “I think it tells you quite a lot about Effective Altruism that someone can say in all seriousness ‘I’ve decided to stop working on evidence-backed poverty relief programs and start working on stopping Skynet from The Terminator, because I think it is the most rational use of my time.’”

  4. Fediverse bots | Botwiki

    Listing bots that are on Mastodon.

  5. How a Ghostwriter Makes $200,000 a Year Writing Tweets for Top Silicon Valley Investors

    “We’ve been living in the metaverse for 15 years. We live in a technology-mediated reality. There are no facts. Narrative is the only thing that matters. Everything is propaganda.” (via Money Stuff)

  6. Welcome to hell, Elon - The Verge

    “The essential truth of every social network is that the product is content moderation, and everyone hates the people who decide how content moderation works.”

  7. A tour of Django server setups

    A really nice, gradually more complex, overview of the different ways you could set up webservers, databases, etc.

  8. Metafilter Wants You - The Fundraising Post! | MetaTalk

    It’s nearly out of cash and needs to increase donation income by a lot more than it managed last time it did a fundraising drive.

  9. The Hollow Core of Kevin Kelly’s “Thousand True Fans” Theory

    A critique of the essay in light of 2022’s internet. (via Things Magazine)

  10. Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite · Chelseafication · LRB 22 September 2022

    The social and property development of London in the 1960s and 1970s.

  11. The X of Generation X

    W. David Marx: “…the loudest complaints about ‘cultural stasis’ tend to come from Gen X adults whose cultural interests have long been anchored in obscure and openly-artistic cultural forms.” (via Russell Davies)

  12. I’m an expert in crowd behaviour – don’t be fooled that everyone queueing in London is mourning the Queen | Stephen Reicher | The Guardian

    Good on the many motivations, and the chilling effect of the media’s simplistic reporting of them. (via @mik3yb)

  13. What Kind of Country Do We Want? | Marilynne Robinson | The New York Review of Books

    “We are the richest country in history, therefore richer than the generations that built it, but we cannot bring ourselves even to make repairs.”

  14. Drunk Mel Gibson Arrest Diorama - YouTube

    Very, very good video that you should watch. No, really. (via @genmon)

  15. Obsidian

    I’ve been finding Simplenote a bit too simple recently, and this notes app looks very interesting. (via Technovia)

  16. Trillions – What is a trillion dollars? — Information is Beautiful

    Nice comparison of many countries’ GDP, companies’ values, potential spending plans, potential savings, past events, personal wealth, etc.

  17. Ask me, I know

    Archive of AskAllison from HotWired in 1995. Oh the backgrounds.

  18. Oliver Frey obituary |

    Sorry to hear this. His art for Crash was a big part of my childhood. And I didn’t know he also created gay erotica! (via Things Magazine)

  19. Malcolm Gaskill · Like Oysters in Their Shells: The Death Trade · LRB 18 August 2022

    Interesting review of a book about funerals, cremations, embalmers, grave diggers, etc.

  20. Cramming ‘Papers, Please’ Onto Phones | Development Logs by Lucas Pope

    I’ve never played it but this was still an interesting read about converting a one-year-old desktop game to work on phones.

  21. On 25 Years Of Loving The Counting Crows

    Just read this, linked from the earlier piece, which is quite good about favourite bands. Also, unexpectedly, it begins in Hereford. (via Griefbacon)

  22. The Fence, The Ideas Man

    “on Lawson’s personal insistence, ‘all – all – work was to be done through an old version of Excel,’ Amia told me, ‘including reports, copywriting, personal note-taking and drafts; things that no sane person would do in Excel.’” (via @kaptinhansum)

  23. august and everything after - by Helena Fitzgerald

    Lovely, lovely writing about this 1993 Counting Crows album which I have always been a bit embarrassed to love. (via MetaFilter)

  24. The day the music died? Welcome to Denmark Street and Tottenham Court Road’s new ‘digitally enabled streetscape’ | Architecture | The Guardian

    Roman Moore on more dollops of massive-but-shallow private glitz replacing the unique, interesting and characterful bits of London.

  25. ‘The council tenants weren’t going to be allowed back’: how Britain’s ‘ugliest building’ was gentrified | Architecture | The Guardian

    Two weeks on, still a bit glum about this article about the redevelopment of Balfron a tower by Oliver Wainright.